What is TU Interactive?
TU Interactive stands for TransUnion Interactive, a subsidiary of TransUnion, one of the three major credit bureaus in the United States. The other two major credit bureaus are Equifax and Experian. TransUnion Interactive provides credit-related services to consumers and businesses, including credit monitoring, identity theft protection, and access to credit reports and scores.
Why is TU Interactive on my credit report?
TU Interactive may appear on your credit report as a hard inquiry when you apply for credit, such as a credit card, car loan, or mortgage. When a potential lender or creditor assesses your creditworthiness, they may request your credit report from TransUnion, and TU Interactive may be responsible for providing the necessary information.
The Difference Between Hard and Soft Inquiries
A hard inquiry occurs when a potential lender or creditor checks your credit report to assess your creditworthiness. Examples of situations that might lead to a hard inquiry include applying for a mortgage, car loan, credit card, insurance policy, cell phone plan, or sometimes even a job.
Hard inquiries can lower your credit score by a few points, and having multiple hard inquiries in a short time frame can cause significant damage to your credit score.
A soft inquiry, in contrast, is a credit check that doesn’t impact your credit score. Soft inquiries often occur during background checks, when credit card issuers prequalify you for offers, or when existing creditors check your current credit situation. Soft inquiries do not affect your credit score.
How long do hard inquiries stay on your credit report?
Regardless of whether TU Interactive approves your credit application, the hard inquiry will remain on your credit report for up to two years. Each time an inquiry is made, it is recorded by one or all of the three major credit reporting agencies: Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion.
Addressing Unauthorized Inquiries
If you notice an inquiry on your credit report that you don’t recognize or didn’t authorize, contact TU Interactive to inquire about the reason for the hard inquiry. The creditor’s name should be listed in the hard inquiry section of your credit report.
TU Interactive Contact Information
TransUnion Interactive, Inc.
100 Cross St. Ste 202
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-7570
Phone number: (800) 493-2392
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